This reporter is happy to declare that 2017 might be getting a whole lot gayer: after airing its series finale eight years ago, it looks like Showtime is set to produce a sequel to the iconic series, The L Word.
According to several major entertainment outlets that broke the story, such as Variety and Buzzfeed, the sequel will bring back several of the original series’ main cast and crew. This includes original show creator Ilene Chaiken who will serve as the sequel show’s executive producer, as well as actresses Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig, and Leishe Hailey who will reprise their roles as the show’s main characters and also serve as executive producers in their own right.
At the same time, Showtime is allegedly looking to hire a new writer to serve as the sequel’s showrunner. The network hopes to find a writer with explicit ties to the lesbian community, who can bring a new perspective to the show and update its themes with the latest developments in LGBTQ community.
This new writer will also take the production burden from Chaiken, who is currently the showrunner of Fox’s Empire, an executive producer for Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and recently renewed her contract to develop future projects for 20th Century Fox Television.
The original The L Word ran for six seasons from 2004 to 2009. Similar in format and theme to early 2000s HBO series Queer as Folk, The L Word was a groundbreaking drama about the lives and relationships of queer women.
Are you excited about this new sequel? What changes would you like to see and what topics do you want addressed – racism in the LGBTQ community? Bi-erasure? The fight for equal rights in an increasingly conservative political climate? Tell us what you think!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter